Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 5, 2010 @ 11:30:00 PDT

 


Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Corner infielders

Carlos Delgado, 1B, free agent

Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin
Look here if you're Chacin SP impact

A few teams have been sniffing around Delgado, and he has received at least two minor league offers already. He'd need an estimated two weeks to prepare, in the minors, after he signs before he'd feel comfortable hitting in the bigs. Seemingly most interested suitor so far: the Chicago White Sox.

There's no telling what to expect from the 38-year-old, whose hip condition has required surgery twice. But, we know what he has done: .271-38-115 as recently as 2008. If your league-only setup allows you to pick up free agents before they have signed, he joins a club from the other circuit and you can continue to receive his stats, you luck out a little, too.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

Mike Sweeney, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

Ryan Howard (ankle) may be out for as long as three weeks, so the Phils' contingency plan appears to be Sweeney, for now. The 37-year-old hit .263 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 99 at-bats for the Seattle Mariners before Philly swapped a PTBNL and cash considerations for him yesterday.

Sweeney went on a tear for a couple of weeks in May, but otherwise, he's a rarely used DH with a monumental injury history. He has been to the DL once, with a back problem (his weakness), so playing the field regularly - not sure how he'll handle it. He played first three times this year and five times last year. It's a solid lineup and ballpark, but he's a shaky placeholder.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Middle infielders

Blake DeWitt, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are excited to have DeWitt, it seems, and more so, DeWitt is excited to join the Cubs. Don't judge just by his 6-for-16 stretch, with a homer and five RBIs, to begin his stay on the North Side. Some think the Los Angeles Dodgers often gave DeWitt a raw deal in terms of PT and faith.

DeWitt was a 2004 first-rounder who didn't develop much after his first season of pro ball. His stocky, compact frame hints at modest power growth in the next couple of years. Wrigley Field will only help that for the left-handed hitter.

Chicago plans to throw him in at second or third often. Aramis Ramirez (thumb) is once again banged up; the Cubs already know what the rest of their platoon and reserve types can do. A-Ram's return and more youth infusion may change DeWitt's outlook, but this is a signature case of change of scenery, for the better. DeWitt, however, is not a savior, just perhaps a solid piece.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Jhoulys Chacin, SP, Colorado Rockies

Aaron Cook will hit the DL with a mysterious injury, convenient since they were going to move him to the bullpen and call up Chacin to give him another chance. The latter move was inevitable. Chacin, 22, is still a top pitching prospect, and he may not have much to prove on the farm.

Chacin's 9.73 K/9 this year held up for the most part even when he was starting. He has a gun, but he has to aim it better (4.15 BB/9). He started with a bang earlier this season and then faded, but he's a determined, confident kid.

Chacin's only outing for Triple-A Colorado Springs following his demotion wasn't inspiring (2 2/3 frames, four walks, two K's), but there are any number of factors at play. In the bigs, he's a wild card but could be a difference-maker.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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